Scientific name: Allium sativum Linn
Tagalog: BawangmBawang is cultivated throughout the Philippines. The Filipino variety of Bawang is very small, and four times more expensive than the imported varieties of bawang found in the markets. The reason for this is the superior quality and pungency of the small tagalog (Filipino) variety. Bawang is one of our four “power herbs” having a long history and proof of being a very effective medicinal herb. bawang is a diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, anthelmintic, and stimulant. As an antiseptic, its use has long been recognized. In World War I it was widely employed in the control of suppuration in wounds. The raw juice was expressed, diluted with water, and put on swabs of sterilized Sphagnum moss, which were applied to the wound. Where this treatment was given, it was proved that there were no septic results, and the lives of thousands of men were saved by its use.